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VILLA GELSOMINA | Overview of the apartments | summer

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We are delighted to offer five beautiful apartments in Villa Gelsomina, which we designed using our long experience of renting to holidaymakers at Lake Orta.  The apartments in Villa Gelsomina are Panorama (sleeps 4), Paradiso (sleeps 6 to 8), Dolce Vita (sleeps 2 to 4), Ciao Sole! (sleeps 4 to 6), and Ciao Italia! (sleeps 4).

Villa Gelsomina is a modern building in traditional style.  It was designed from the start for holiday rentals.  All apartments are nicely furnished in contemporary style, with a full inventory, and fully equipped with everything you need a comfortable stay.  All apartments have a view of Lake Orta, and a terrace, patio or balcony where you can eat outside.  Although you are in a shared villa, the boomerang shape of the building gives a degree of privacy to the outside space of each apartment.  There is a 14x5 metre (46x16 foot) swimming pool, which is 1.5 metres (5 feet) deep throughout (open 18.5.2019 to 21.9.2019) for the use of the five apartments.  The villa is complete with beautiful and well-maintained grounds, barbecue area with fixed barbecue, and a giant chess set.  Villa Gelsomina is in a quiet no-through-road and has convenient on street parking directly in front of the villa.

Villa Gelsomina - barbecue area under the oak tree - June 2009   Chess set in grounds of Villa Gelsomina

Location  Click to see the location of Villa Gelsomina on Google Maps (opens satellite view in a new window)

Villa Gelsomina is situated in Lortallo, in a superb setting on a ridge running along the east side of Lake Orta, and enjoys absolutely stunning views.  Nothing you read or see on this web site can prepare you for the intense natural beauty of the setting with the changing colours.  Every day is different.  The sunsets can be mind-blowing.  Dawn is a spectacle not to be missed.

The villa is set on the wooded slopes above Lake Orta in a peaceful location, some 100 metres from the provincial road.  The villa is surrounded by protected natural parks.  Behind the villa lie the wooded slopes of Monte Mesma with Monte Mesma Convent on the summit (one of the walks we provide is a circuit taking in Monte Mesma), and to south west is the natural park of the Tower of Buccione, with the distinctive medieval watch tower at its summit.

Local Facilities

Villa Gelsomina is 3 km by road from the local centre of Orta San Giulio.  There are several small beaches on Lake Orta (as Holiday Homes at Lake Orta clients, you are entitled to a 25% discount on the entrance to Miami beach).  The whole area is well serviced by shops.  There is a great restaurant (the Vecchio Circolo - web site just 5 minutes walk from Villa Gelsomina (without going on the road!), and we provide a long list of recommended local restaurants in your location pack.  There are many places to visit in the local area, lots of wonderful places for day trips for adults and children, great walks (we provide in your location pack five favourite local walks for you to try), and a good selection of sporting and other local activities are available.

Lake Orta

This wonderful little lake (Lago d'Orta to the Italians, Lacus Cusius to the Romans) is less well known, being the smaller neighbour of Lake Maggiore, and the only one of the 7 larger Italian Lakes that is entirely in Piedemont.  It lies in the foothills of the Alps, at the south end of the lake are low hills, but towards the north are higher mountains.  It enjoys a typical subalpine climate, with slightly cooler summers than in the Po valley and plains further south.  The highest point between Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore is the Mottarone, just under 1500 metres, with a great view of seven lakes.  The scenery of Lake Orta is gentle and inviting, just as the local people are warm and hospitable.

Getting there

Many clients arrive by air at one of Milan's 3 airports - the nearest, Milan Malpensa, is just 24 miles (40km) away - and pick up a hire car, taking advantage of the cheap flights available. See our table of flights to Lake Orta.  For U.K. holidaymakers who prefer to drive, it's an easy two day journey.  More about air, road, and rail transport to Lake Orta, here.

Comparison of costs of apartments in Villa Gelsomina

Season Pool Period

sleeps 2-4

sleeps 6-8

Dolce Vita
sleeps 2-4

Ciao Sole!
sleeps 4-6

Ciao Italia!
sleeps 4

A.  Low pool closed before 13-4-2019
after 12-10-2019






B.  Low+ pool closed 13-4-2019 to 18-5-2019
21-9-2019 to 12-10-2019






C.  Mid pool open 18-5-2019 to 8-6-2019
14-9-2019 to 21-9-2019






D.  Mid+ pool open 8-6-2019 to 22-6-2019
7-9-2019 to 14-9-2019






E.  Int pool open 22-6-2019 to 6-7-2019
31-8-2019 to 7-9-2019






F.  Int+ pool open 6-7-2019 to 20-7-2019






G.  High pool open 20-7-2019 to 3-8-2019
24-8-2019 to 31-8-2019






H.  Peak pool open 3-8-2019 to 24-8-2019






Costs are in pounds sterling for the apartment per week, fully inclusive of electricity, hot water, gas for cooker, bed linen, standard size towels, and a small toiletries pack.  Shorter stays are accepted for October through April (minimum 4 days for Panorama and Dolce Vita, minimum 5 days for Paradiso, Ciao Sole! and Ciao Italia!), see short stays for pricing of stays less than a week.

Because of the swimming pool, the apartments in Villa Gelsomina are not suitable for families with small children aged less than seven years. Pets are not allowed.

Arrivals (from 4pm) and departures (by 10am) are on a Saturday in the period from the beginning of May to the end of September.  Outside of this period arrival days are flexible.

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